Monthly Archives: October 2017

Everybody Sing in Salisbury

Barnardo’s have contracted ‘Everybody Sing’ to provide singing sessions. The next Salisbury session’s are on Saturday 18 November and Saturday 9 December 2017, 2-4pm.

Everybody sing is a singing group delivered by professional vocal coaches for children and young people aged 8-25 years who have additional needs.

The aim of the session is to encourage participation and enjoyment of all types of music and movement and the emphasis will be on fun and confidence building. Props and percussion instruments will also be used.

For more information or to book a place please email Jane or ring the office: 01249 463907 option 4.

Venue: Exeter House,131 Exeter Street, Salisbury, SP1 2SG
Age: 8-25
Cost £8

Organisation: Barnardo’s Contact Person: Jane Middleton-Jones


A free mobile app which provides expert advice to parents, carers and health care professionals on common childhood illnesses has launched by The Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Developed and approved by Paediatric Consultants at the RUH and endorsed by local GPs, the HANDi app provides expert advice on how best to manage the six most common childhood illnesses; diarrhoea and vomiting, high temperature, chestiness, newborn problems and stomach pain.

Download the App from your Google Play store or Apple store on your tablet, PC or mobile device.

Positive Parenting Program in Salisbury

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Parenting Group October/November 2017

These are seven week courses for families with children up to 12 years. They support parents and carers to make small changes that will have a positive long term impact on their child’s behaviour. Parents are introduced to a range of strategies to enhance parent-child relationships and manage children’s behaviour.

Although the groups are not specifically aimed at parents of children with special needs, many parents of children with additional needs and disabilities attend. Feedback from these parents has been positive, both the tools and strategies being very useful but also the support from other parents invaluable.

The Salisbury group takes place at Bemerton heath Centre, Pinewood Way, Salisbury SP2 9HU – starts Tuesday October 31st. To book your place or for more information call Claire Turner on 07767 230 082 or email Claire Visit the Triple P website

URC Angel Festival

Visit the United Reform Church between 21st and 27th October 2017 to see the Angels. Free entry between 10am and 2pm.

4&More Club have entered an angel in memory of the late Sharon Haynes.

Monday 23 October – Young People’s Concert

A concert by local young musicians, raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Doors open at 6.30pm to view angels on display. Concert starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £5, or family tickets £10. To include light refreshments.

Friday 27 October – Drama Production by The Progress Players

A light-hearted evening of entertainment with an angel theme, entitled ‘This is Your Life’. Brought to you by the URC drama group, The Progress Players.
Tickets are £5 and include light refreshments.

Click here to visit their facebook page. United Reform Church, 30 Fisherton St, Salisbury SP2 7RG

Swindon Dance – October holiday course


Swindon Dance will be running a 2 day holiday course on Monday and Tuesday 23rd/24th October from 10.30am-3pm.

Open to all children (boys and girls) aged 7-12 years old who have learning/ cognitive disabilities, the two days will be filled with movement, games and dance creation – no previous dance experience is needed.

Cost: £25 for both day. Venue: Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QF

Led by The Swindon Dance Salto! Juniors team. Lots of fun and a live musician – Kieran Pocock

Supported by BBC Children in Need

MORE INFO/BOOKING: Email or Tel: Swindon Dance on 01793 601700 or visit their website


October Events at Tesco, Southampton Road, Salisbury

October Halloween Creative Competition

Tesco are running a Halloween contest between 3rd October and 27th October. SWM members can create anything to do with Halloween maybe a picture or a decorated figure these can then be dropped off to the customer services desk at Tesco. With name and address and telephone number. These will then be judged and a prize sent to the winner.

Charity Collection Weekend – Diabetes and Heart Foundation

Secondly from Friday, 27 October until Sunday, 29 October Tesco are running a Halloween weekend where they will be collecting for diabetes and heart foundation if anyone would like to volunteer please email Sue.

2nd Salisbury Scout Group Recruitment Drive

Thirdly the 2nd Salisbury scouts group are holding a recruitment drive for a range of ages and mixed abilities at Tesco’s on 21 October. Please contact Sandy Yates on 01980 625119 if you can help.

Government Delay Decision #SleepInCrisis

As you may have already seen, the Government have announced that they are delaying their decision on funding of the sleep-in care back pay bill for a further month.

How have Mencap responded?

Mencap have released a statement expressing their disappointment at the Government’s continuing failure to take action to resolve the social care funding crisis they have created, despite the fact that we have been raising strong concerns about this vital issue for almost a year already.

Mencap’s chairman, Derek Lewis, is urging the Government to take the issue seriously as even a delay has a serious impact for many providers. At the moment, 40% of local authorities are refusing to pay the increased rate for sleep-in care. This means learning disability care is being subsidised by charities, which simply isn’t sustainable.

However, the #StopSleepInCrisis campaign is not over. Mencap will continue to put pressure on the Government to reach a decision on this vital issue affecting the future care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.